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The Winner Takes It All? - Syntetyczna i wieloaspektowa ocena czynników wzrostu w niemieckich krajach związkowych
Does the Winner Take It All? - A Synthetic and Multidimensional Evaluation of Growth Factors in the German Federal States

Author(s): Marta Götz
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: EUROREG - Uniwersytet Warszawski, Regional Studies Association - Sekcja Polska
Keywords: economic growth; Bundesländer - federal states; ranking; synthetic index

Summary/Abstract: Neither the history nor the theory of economics indicates unambiguously the sources of high yet stable economic growth. The aim of this paper is a thorough assessment of various growth determinants in German Bundesländer in the years 1991-2009 in terms of both current levels and recent developments. In order to evaluate the economic growth potential the summary index (SG) encompassing various dimensions of economy has been constructed and carefully calculated. Such an approach gives a holistic and comprehensive view on economic growth factors, encompassing business and political dimensions prevailing in the media and a scientific approach drawing on a specific methodology. Our results confirm to some extent earlier studies pointing to existing West-East discrepancies in Germany. However, one must not ignore achievements of the new Bundesländer as measured by positive time developments. Conceptual framework put forward shall be seen as scaffolding, at the same time synthesizing and differentiating various growth determinants, a possible “navigation tool” for other case studies.

  • Issue Year: 11/2010
  • Issue No: 41
  • Page Range: 5-25
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Polish